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May 2014 Volume 24 Number 5THE GOOD NEWSLETTER
of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church
27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522
Office Phone: 610-682-6064
Pastors Home: 610-562-0054
Church Office Hours:
MondayThursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
THE MISSION OF
NEW JERUSALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH:
We are a group of people who
gather together in friendship and love
to worship God, to spread Gods Word,
and to care for Gods people.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This story comes from Rev. Russell Anderson, a former pastor of my parents. It seems that Pastor Anderson and his family were on their way to church for the Good Friday service. As they approached the church, they noticed a huge party in the parking lot across from the church. Pastor Anderson said that he could not help but notice the wide difference between the two events: Good Friday service and the wild party night at the local nightspot. He goes on to describe the revelers as attempting to seize life by fleeing from death. He describes the worshipers as those who discover life in death.
Then Pastor Anderson says something startling, Be warned! Those in the sanctuary must not look down their noses in judgment on the revelers. We are not better than they. Our challenge is to celebrate life in such joy and love that they will be attracted to our party. The Christ who turned water into wine and transformed death into a dance is the life of the party that has no end. All are invited.
One of the challenges of the twenty-first century Christian church is to attract the Post-Modern generation to church. Post-Modern is the name of the current generation that is raising children. They are attracted to organizations that seek to make a difference. Therefore, service is very important to them. And, relationships are important. They have no time for church politics. And, when conflict arises, they will just choose to go elsewhere. Positive, make-a-difference, family-oriented organizations are the most attractive to the generation that all denominations strive to attract.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a wonderful, powerful, positive story to share with all people. Genuine care and concern for all families and all generations in those families should be a natural emphasis for the Christian church. Making every phase of life, ministry, and faith family-oriented ought to naturally flow from Jesus love and respect for children. Post-Moderns yearn to be part of a purpose, a mission, which can change lives and help others in need. The church, the Christian church, the Lutheran church, this Lutheran church, has the Benevolent God, the inspiring Jesus Christ, and the empowering Holy Spirit to draw all generations to its mission.
Our challenge is to celebrate life in such joy and love that they will be attracted to our party.
Christ is risen! Alleluia! Amen!
Pastor Marilyn Hasemann
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THE LAST BELL CHOIR REHEARSAL will be Tuesday, May 13 and Choir Rehearsal time will change to 7:00 p.m. effective Tuesday, May 20. The last Choir Rehearsal will be Tuesday, June 3.
CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY will be held on Sunday, May 18.
MAY SIGN-UP SHEETS We are in need of a Bulletin sponsor for May 18; a Communion Bread sponsor for May 4; and a Communion Set-up volunteer for May 4. Thank you to everyone that signed up.
PENTECOST SUNDAY is on Sunday, June 8. We will be decorating the sanctuary with red geraniums. If you would like to order any geraniums, an order form is included in this newsletter or there are extra copies on the greeters table in the narthex. The price is $2.75 for a 4-inch pot. Order forms and payment are due to the church office by Sunday, June 1.
ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE is being formed to celebrate New Jerusalems 175th Anniversary in 2015. If you would like to be on the committee, please contact Erma Gajewski or Pastor Hasemann.
SPRING CAMPFIRE Join us at New Jerusalem for our Spring Campfire on Saturday, May 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited for food, fun, and fellowship. Please bring along lawn chairs. The rain date will be Sunday, May 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SHOO-FLY PIE BAKE SALE is scheduled for Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 7. If you would like to order any pies, please call the church office.
BRANDYWINE HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT for senior citizens will be held on Friday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. No tickets are required for this event and refreshments will follow in the cafeteria afterward.
LOAVES AND FISHES The last meal for the season will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton.
PLEASE NOTE: The church office will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.
RELAY FOR LIFE WALK will be held from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Kutztown University. A freewill offering will be taken at the door on Sundays, May 11 and May 18, for the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Purple Sponsor Sign. This is a sponsor sign for our Relay for Life Team and the Kutztown University Relay event. The sign will be posted on the streets of Kutztown two weeks prior to the Relay. The cost for the purple sign is $50.00 and all money collected will benefit the American Cancer Society.
DEADLINE for the June 2014 newsletter is Sunday, May 18.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE Boy Scout Troop 585 will be holding their 2nd Annual Community Yard Sale on New Jerusalems parking lot on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Spaces are $10.00 donation or you can stop by to see if you can find any hidden treasures. For more information, contact Sheila at 610-730-3304.
I would like to thank the Women of the Prayer Chain for all their prayers for my son, James. He is doing great and can see much better now. Virginia
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers:
Please pray for: (current list) Anna Angstadt, Dallas Angstadt, Cliff Barlet, June Boyer, Erma Guinther, Mary Merkel, Linda Moyer, Lloyd Moyer, Mildred Reinert, Joyce Rothermel, Betty Stoudt, Arlene Yob, Dick Curtin, Shelly Eller, Marilyn Franzi, Myles Hansbury, Ralph Harris, Dianne K., Mike Krick, David Pyle, Monica, Lananh Rissmiller, Russell Roeder, Baron Schlegel and family, Jack Stoudt, Linda Wegman, peace in the Middle East, and all those struggling with drugs and addiction.
(long-term) Samuel Behm, Karl Fenstermacher, Mae Hertzog, Paul Hertzog, Shirley Hertzog, Jack Krause, Sheila Long, Erma Noll, Irene Noll, Lana Pyle, MM3 Elise Barlet, Major Jeromy Guinther, and the mission of our church.
Over the years, Memorial Day has become a big holiday weekend. Its now the unofficial start of summer, rather than a day of tribute to the departed it was originally meant to be. Even if we plan fun
events for Memorial Day weekend, its important to stop long enough to bow our heads and pay respect to our departed loved onesespecially those who fell in battle while helping preserve Americas liberties. Let us take time to make the pilgrimage to various cemeteries and pause long enough to say, Thank you, Father, for these special lives, for sacrifices made and for friendships we have shared. (Reprinted from The Newsletter Newsletter)
Three-Month Worship Schedule
410:00 AM Third Sunday of Easter Communion (W)
( 1110:00 AM Fourth Sunday of Easter (W)
Mothers Day Breakfast
1810:00 AM Fifth Sunday of Easter (W)
Church Music Sunday
* 2510:00 AM Sixth Sunday of Easter (W)
110:00 AM Seventh Sunday of Easter Communion (W)
* 810:00 AM Day of Pentecost Communion (R)
( 1510:00 AM Holy Trinity Communion (W)
Fathers Day Breakfast
2210:00 AM Second Sunday after Pentecost (G)
* 2910:00 AM Third Sunday after Pentecost (G)
610:00 AM Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Communion (G)
* 1310:00 AM Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (G)
2010:00 AM Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (G)
2710:00 AM Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (G)
( * ) Fellowship after worship
( ( ) Breakfast before worship (served 8:30-9:00 a.m.)
( ) Church Picnic after worship
CONGRATULATIONS to Dana Wartzenluft on receiving her First Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, April 13. We welcome her to the Lords table.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nathan and Rebecca Keller on the birth of their daughter, Annabell Christina Keller, who was born on Monday, April 21, at 11:52 p.m. She weighed 7 lb. 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Her great-grandparents are Dallas and Anna Angstadt.
As a Mother
Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you; you are gentle with us as a mother with her children. Often you weep over our sins and our pride, tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgment. You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds; in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life; by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy. Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; through your gentleness we find comfort in fear. Your warmth gives life to the dead; your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us; in your love and tenderness remake